Oak Hammock Marsh

Oak Hammock Marsh is a few miles north of Winnipeg and covers quite a bit of land that is kept wild.  At this time of year when migration has started, it is very busy with waterfowl coming and going.  A friend told me that she had seen Tundra Swans there and since I had never seen Swans in Manitoba before, I had to take a drive north to see them.

So on a chilly and damp morning a few days ago that is where I headed.

I didn’t find the exact spot where I was told the Swans were, but I drove around a bit and I think I know where I should have turned.  I saw lots of Canada Geese and Snow Geese, some Mallard Ducks and Northern Harrier Hawks and a Prairie Falcon.

As I was driving I then saw some white birds headed my way and thought they were Snow Geese.  As they got even with me I realized they were the Swans I had been looking for, but by then I was too late to get a picture of them.  There was no place for me to turn around to follow them either, so I had to leave knowing that I had finally seen Swans in Manitoba.

I did (of course) get pictures of the other birds.  🙂

Canada Geese and Snow Geese
Canada Geese and Snow Geese
Snow Geese and Canada Geese
Snow Geese and Canada Geese
Snow Geese
Snow Geese
Snow Geese
Snow Geese
Mallard Ducks
Mallard Ducks
Northern Harrier Hawk
Northern Harrier Hawk
Northern Harrier Hawk
Northern Harrier Hawk
Prairie Falcon
Prairie Falcon
Prairie Falcon
Prairie Falcon

The hawk and falcon pictures are zoomed and cropped quite a bit and due to the damp, cloudy morning, are not the best pictures – but they are the best I could do under the circumstances.

I will have to head back there on a sunny morning.